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The Division’s major new update detailed


Alongside the release of its third paid expansion, Last Stand, Ubisoft is also rolling out Update 1.6 to all players of its shooting game The Division. So what's new? In a blog post this week, Ubi outlined the changes, which the company says are some of the most significant it's brought to the apocalyptic game since its launch in March last year. Most important is the opening of a new area in the northern parts of the PvP and PvE Dark Zone where Dark Zone 7, 8 and 9 will now be available. Ubi describes the situations in these areas as "especially dire" with "a couple of surprises." The company says these new spaces — including vertical and underground arenas — almost double the total size of the current Dark Zone. Players will now be able to insta-travel around the map. Clearing...

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Hovercraft shooter Crash Force arrives in Early Access


Crash Force is a multiplayer hovercraft arena shooter that's due to be released on Windows PC and Xbox One in April. But the game is available now via Steam Early Access. Cyprus-based developer Ascanio Entertainment also released a trailer for the game this week (above). Players take control of class-based vehicles which are then customizeable through upgrade trees. Power-ups for individual classes are available during battles. Modes include Team Showdown, Capture the Flag and Control the Nest in player-vs-player configurations up to 6-v-6. Crash Force currently costs $29.99.

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Halo Wars 2 multiplayer demo is live now


Halo Wars 2 is a realtime strategy game for Windows PC and Xbox One that's due to be released next month. In the meantime, publisher Microsoft has launched a multiplayer demo that eases players into the game's action sequences. Halo Wars Blitz is free-to-play for anyone with Windows 10 or an Xbox Live Gold account. It replaces the basic start-game RTS mechanic of resource gathering, base building and tech tree advancement with a card-based strategy. Players select from a random pack of cards, balancing their attack and defense budgets, before going into battle with a human opponent. The demo is strictly player-vs-player right now, but there will be an opportunity to play this mode against an AI when the final game launches. "For fans new to RTS, Blitz takes players straight into...

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Nostalgic shooter Strafe gets a March release date


Tongue-in-cheek throwback shooter Strafe is arriving on March 28 on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, according to publisher Devolver Digital. The game first garnered attention following the release of an absurdly '90s trailer back in 2015. Further examination revealed an unabashedly straightforward shooting game, that's right out of 1998. The game is being developed by indie team Pixel Titans. "We’re seeing a generational shift of nostalgia from side-scrolling pixel art to primitive 3D," said developer Thom Glunt in a 2015 interview with Polygon. "We aimed for that 20-year-old aesthetic because I absolutely loved Quake and I loved Doom and I wanted more of it."

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Murder puzzle game The Sexy Brutale coming in April


Time-looping murder mystery The Sexy Brutale is coming out on April 12, according to an announcement and trailer from UK developer Cavalier. We saw the quirky puzzle game back in August and were impressed by its unique take on that hoary old favorite, the mansion party mystery murder spree. In The Sexy Brutale, players take on the role of a priest who must solve a series of killings. The resolutions are bound up in masks worn by guests at a ball. "Their masks relate to their personality and the kind of deaths and situations they're getting into," said narrative director Jim Griffiths, in an interview with Polygon. "Once you save them, the power you are unlocking relates also to their personality and their masks." But a time-loop adds unusual complications to proceedings. "It's...

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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 coming to PC, Xbox One March 7


Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is coming to Xbox One and Windows PC via Steam on March 7, Capcom announced today. The crossover fighting game was re-released on PlayStation 4 in December. The digital release on Xbox One and PC will cost $24.99. Capcom says it will also release a physical version of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on March 7 for PS4 and Xbox One. That “limited edition” physical release will cost $29.99 and will come with an exclusive comic featuring original art from Marvel artists Sean Chen (Iron Man, Nova) and Gerardo Sandoval (Venom, The New Avengers). The comic, Capcom said on its blog, will tell “the story of two colliding universes featuring some of the most iconic Marvel and Capcom characters in its 10 full pages of action packed story.” The physical release is listed...

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GTA Online griefers get their comeuppance, and it’s glorious


Grand Theft Auto Online, the online multiplayer component of Grand Theft Auto 5, has over time morphed into a unique experience that is very much its own thing, a place with its own rules and quirks that would likely confuse newcomers. Of course, there are plenty of jerks in the wide-open world of Los Santos and Blaine County, the kind of people who would screw with you just for the fun of it. So here’s a story of one player who exploited the rules of GTA Online, turning them against his would-be griefers. Aaron Reynolds, the curator of Twitter accounts such as Batman 66 Labels, is a 42-year-old father of three who describes himself as “awful at video games.” He bought his children a PlayStation 4 for Christmas, and dove into GTA Online. It did not go well. “Operation: One Million...

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We Are Chicago, a game about living in a tough neighborhood, will be out on Feb. 9


We Are Chicago, a Windows PC narrative game based on the life of a young man living in a tough neighborhood, will be released on Feb. 9. Along with the launch date announcement today, developer Culture Shock also released a trailer for the game, which has been in development for four years. In We Are Chicago, protagonist Aaron tries to protect himself and his loved ones from violence. It's a story-game with Telltale-style dialog options. Some of the game's developers were raised in Chicago's South Side. They also interviewed different people living in the neighborhood. You can find out more here.

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Resident Evil 7 biohazard supports cross-buy on Xbox One and PC


Resident Evil 7 biohazard is part of the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, so people who buy the game digitally on Xbox One or Windows 10 will be also able to play it on the other platform, Microsoft confirmed today. Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, announced the news in a tweet this afternoon: RESIDENT EVIL 7 biohazard confirmed for @Xbox Play Anywhere – buy once, play on both Xbox One & @Windows 10 PC. https://t.co/yhcwjEnjla— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 18, 2017 Resident Evil 7 will be the first major game in the Xbox Play Anywhere program that isn’t published by Microsoft. There are currently two indie games that support the initiative — Rockfish Games’ Everspace and System Era Softworks’ Astroneer — along with the first-party titles Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4 and ReCore. As an...

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Overwatch will celebrate Chinese New Year for its next seasonal event


Overwatch’s next seasonal event looks like it will be themed around the Chinese New Year (or Spring Festival), according to a tweet from the game’s official account. Overwatch’s Year of the Rooster event will kick off next Tuesday, Jan. 24, a few days ahead of Chinese New Year. While Blizzard didn’t provide much in the way of detail on Overwatch’s next event, it did include a tease of a much-needed new character skin: something new for climatologist Mei to wear. Players will be able to admire her new duds as they stand in front of her, frozen and screaming in frustration as they welcome a sharpened icicle into their skull. Good luck and great fortune await! pic.twitter.com/Az6XkHScV5— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) January 19, 2017 Overwatch’s D.Va is apparently also getting a new...

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